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I used the smartstart 20/20 sans camera and had no issues with it. Its a little tricky getting the hum pitch down but after a bit it was fine. Find a good installer is the best advice. Makes a world of difference from the horror stories you see on here.02/08/2014 at 4:44 pm in reply to: What if I don't have a vehichle registered to my residence and no one else has one there? #176597564
Most times when you are caught driving a car without an interlock it is an automatic felony with mandatory jail time. Check your state’s laws, its probably stated somewhere.
I am pretty sure that in the paperwork that you got it states what a violation is. If you miss an appt, or payment, then your sentence is invalid. think about it. If it was easy enough to get it installed and never pay then everyone would do it that way. There is a reason they have appointments. Some of the states keep an eye on how much mileage you drive cause if there is no miles on your car then they feel like you are not using the device to its full potential and can extend its length of service or that you are driving another vehicle.
If they wont say anything then just switch companies. There’s more than one interlock company in MN.
What was the reason for the failed test? Was it because of drinking?
After a certain amount of violations you get a service lockout. Meaning that if you do not go in within that amount of time the device will just lock you out no matter what. You are going in so the installer can check the condition of the device.
You are right, I did choose to do that. Just felt like helping someone who could not help herself.
If you read the forums you can see where people also had lack of issues with their devices.
But, since you must insist on me doing the homework for you, The most positive ones were draeger and smartstart. Some people choose draeger since it may be more user-friendly. The smart start has a hum you have to do that some people just can not get right. I had the smart start and after a brief learning curve with the device I had absolutely NO issues at all with it. There are some people who also had no issue with Lifesaver.
One suggestion is to get a device you can unplug and take inside with you at night or whenever. It will help deter the theft of the device as well as when it gets cold the device tends to bog down a bit and it is slow to heat up when left outside in low temps.
Having to go in for calibration is dependent on the type of error. Your state should have that info for you. Also, you can read the forums and get some general ideas of different people’s experiences with being called in for re-calibration.
The forums have many posts on people’s experiences with these interlocks. I suggest you read them.
On a side note, keep in mind that like many online forums discussing issues most people come to get a problem resolved/advice or just to complain. Use your own discretion.
I would see what your state or local laws say about distracted driving. He may not have to pull to the side but it may be better safe than sorry just in case.
The first time I see that you are actually correct about something. Yes, the states are often new to the interlock programs and are tweaking them year by year so sometimes even they do not know what the little details are. That is why it is helpful for people who have been through it to give some advice. Even a small detail can make a difference.
google is your friend
Some states or specific cases require the camera so as to know it is the actual driver blowing into the device. It is not spy-ware.
In Ohio you have to have a bright yellow license plate that advertises you as being restricted due to DUI.
Sometimes the state can make work hour exceptions if you are driving another car. you will have to talk to your employer and/or the state division that handles it. I know my state does it sometimes but I imagine it is few and far between.
a lot of times the dmv(civil) portion can be extended for certain kinds of behavior or lockouts. I wouldn’t rule it out just yet. If after your report gets sent it and you dont get a letter of inquiry I would consider it ok.
Those are a lot of false positives. I am surprised it did not lock you out.